Full record of Premier Li Qiang's voice on "carbon neutrality and carbon peaking"

17 Apr, 2023,murphy



According to Xinhua News Agency, on March 11, the National People's Congress voted to decide Mr. Li Qiang as the Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China.

On the same day, President Xi Jinping signed a presidential decree, appointing Mr.Li Qiang as Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China.

Mr.Li Qiang, born in July 1959, is from Ruian, Zhejiang Province. He started working in July 1976 and joined the Communist Party of China in April 1983. He has a postgraduate degree from the Central Party School and a master's degree in business administration for senior executives.

During his 47-year working career, Li Qiang served as the main leader in Zhejiang Province, Jiangsu Province and Shanghai City, and has rich experience in local governance. During his tenure in Zhejiang Province, Jiangsu Province and Shanghai City, some of his public speeches on double carbon and new energy are as follows:


Carbon Neutral Carbon Peaking


July 2021



On July 6, 2021, the online trading of the national carbon market was officially launched. Li Qiang attended and delivered a speech at the Shanghai branch.


Li Qiang said that achieving carbon peak and carbon neutrality is a major strategic decision made by the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core. As a major institutional innovation in promoting greenhouse gas emission reduction through market mechanism, the launch of the national carbon market will provide an effective way to guide more resources to low-carbon development and provide a powerful starting point for the realization of the carbon peak and carbon neutrality goals on schedule. We must thoroughly implement Xi Jinping's thoughts on ecological civilization, and in accordance with the decisions and deployments of the Party Central Committee and the State Council, go all out to build and operate the national carbon trading market well in a solid and steady manner. Strive to build a carbon trading center, carbon pricing center, and carbon finance center with international influence.

Li Qiang said that it is necessary to highlight the high level, build a good trading system and trading institutions, rely on the basis and experience of the pilot operation of the carbon market, in accordance with the principles of safety, stability, fairness, efficiency and orderly supervision, continue to optimize and improve the trading rules and trading systems, provide quality services for all types of participants, and promote the development of supporting industries in the carbon market. It is necessary to highlight internationalization, accelerate the innovative development of green finance, promote carbon financial business innovation, build a green investment and financing mechanism, explore carbon financial service functions for domestic and foreign customers, and help my country improve its pricing power and discourse power in the international carbon market. It is important to highlight systematization, promote all-round green transformation of economic and social development, coordinate the carbon market with other mechanisms for reducing pollution and carbon, guide more capital, technology and human resources to green development sectors, encourage more enterprises, units and individuals to participate in carbon emission reduction, and accelerate the realization of green and low-carbon transformation of development mode and lifestyle.


October 2021




In the two years since the Yangtze River Delta Eco-Green Integrated Development Demonstration Zone started construction, 73 institutional innovations have been formed, and new breakthroughs have been continuously made in the construction of water town living rooms, ecological environment protection, free flow of elements, and major project construction. Li Qiang came to the Institute for Sustainable Development of the Yangtze River Delta, which was jointly built by Tongji University in collaboration with relevant universities and research institutes.He listened to the introduction of regional science and technology innovation collaborative mechanism exploration, science and technology innovation platform construction for sustainable development, low-carbon personnel training and scientific and technological achievements transformation, and looked over the demonstration and application of cutting-edge low-carbon and environmental protection technologies. Li Qiang said that it is necessary to closely implement the goal of carbon neutrality at the carbon peak, build a large platform for open cooperation, make good use of the new mechanism of collaborative innovation, stimulate new momentum for green development, and truly transform the advantages of disciplines, talents, and research into local development practices. It is necessary to aim at promoting high-quality development and sustainable development, and strive to make breakthroughs in major frontier theories, overcome key technical problems, promote the transformation of scientific and technological achievements, enhance scientific and technological innovation capabilities, cultivate and develop low-carbon industries, and better facilitate the in-depth implementation of the national strategy for the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta. 

The following are some of his views on new energy during his tenure in Zhejiang Province, Jiangsu Province and Shanghai:


From 2013 to 2016, the time while serving as Deputy Secretary of Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee and Governor


August 2015



On August 5, 2015, Li Qiang investigated the development of the new energy automobile industry in Yuhang. He stressed that a new round of energy revolution and technological wave has arrived, we should seize the opportunity of rapid growth of global new energy vehicle market demand and increasing state support, strengthen scientific and technological innovation oriented by user demand, promote the positive interaction between research and development, production and promotion of application, accelerate the development of new energy vehicles, and lead the country.

Li Qiang pointed out that new energy vehicles are connected to the high-end equipment manufacturing industry at one end and the information industry at the other end, which can not only effectively alleviate the pressure on energy and the environment, but also promote the technological progress, optimization and upgrading of the automobile industry, with huge development potential. Zhejiang Province is one of the areas where new energy vehicles were developed earlier, and its production scale leads the country. It is necessary to rely on the existing industrial foundation, further increase support, optimize the development environment, and achieve accelerated development.


January 2016



As one of the areas where new energy vehicles developed earlier, Zhejiang's industrial development is releasing strong momentum.

Li Qiang pointed out that new energy vehicles can not only effectively alleviate the pressure on energy and the environment, but also promote the technological progress and optimization and upgrading of the automobile industry, with huge development potential. It is necessary to pay close attention to major projects, expand the scale of the industry, focus on breakthroughs in key technologies and links, and plan to promote a number of new energy vehicle characteristic towns, complete vehicle manufacturing, and key component projects such as power batteries and motors;Pay close attention to industrial technology innovation, strengthen the development of shortcomings, focus on the construction of provincial key enterprise research institutes and technological innovation platforms, and strive to break through key bottleneck technologies;We will strengthen market promotion and application of new energy vehicles in key areas such as buses and taxis, and continue to support a variety of operating modes such as "Internet of vehicles" leasing and financial leasing. The construction of charging infrastructure will be promoted in an orderly manner to ensure the rapid development of the electric vehicle market. 


2016-2017 During the period of serving as Secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee


July 2016



On July 5, 2016, Li Qiang, the secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Party Committee at time, selected Envision Energy, a global energy Internet technology leader, for his first corporate survey after taking office.

Li Qiang visited Envision's global engineering manufacturing center and smart energy management center located in Jiangyin, Wuxi, and listened to Envision Energy CEO Zhang Lei's introduction of Envision's development history and operating model in the past few years as it has grown rapidly into the world's largest smart energy management company. Li Qiang believed that Envision's mission of "solving challenges for the sustainable future of mankind" and the global energy Internet strategy well reflect the development concept of "green, innovative, open, and shared", and he is full of expectations for Envision's future.


July 2016



On the morning of July 28, 2016, Li Qiang went to Changzhou for research, and the first stop was the headquarters of Trina Solar. Li Qiang fully affirmed the company's thinking of focusing on R&D and innovative development."The key now is that you have to make up your mind to combine our photovoltaics with light and heat. Now it's terrible to put a water heater on the roof of a very beautiful building, and put a solar panel on it."

Li Qiang has high hopes for the development of Jiangsu's photovoltaic industry. He said that photovoltaics is Jiangsu's dominant industry and has strong global competitiveness. Jiangsu should actively strive to create a national solar energy utilization demonstration zone. Trina Solar should make full use of its own advantages to accelerate development, not only leading the world in terms of scale, but also continue to maintain a leading position in the global photovoltaic industry in terms of technological innovation and industry standard formulation.


From 2017 to now, during his tenure as Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee


May 2019



On May 5, 2019, Li Qiang visited the Shanghai Guoneng new energy vehicle project in Songjiang District. He urged comrades in charge of relevant committees and offices in the district and the city that industrial development must be implemented in good projects and large projects. It is necessary to focus on leading industries, advantageous industries, characteristic industries, and emerging industries, concentrate on introducing a number of leading enterprises and strategic projects, and consciously cultivate and support some good enterprises and projects with great potential and strong driving force. Efforts should be made to optimize the business environment, effectively reduce manufacturing costs, create better conditions and provide rich soil for the development and growth of various outstanding manufacturing companies.


January 2020



In July 2018, Shanghai stood out from the crowd, attracting the Tesla Gigafactory to settle down. Tesla's Shanghai Gigafactory is China's first wholly foreign-owned vehicle manufacturing project and Tesla's first Gigafactory outside the United States.

After Tesla decided to settle in Shanghai, the Gigafactory made rapid progress and started construction in January 2019. On September 26, it was announced that the construction of the super factory had been completed; the production qualification was obtained the next month, and Model 3 production began.

In January 2020, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the start of construction of the Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory in Shanghai Lingang, Li Qiang, Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee, went to Tesla's Shanghai Gigafactory for investigation and met with Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc. of the United States. Li Qiang pointed out that Shanghai, as China's largest economic center city and the forefront of reform and opening up, is currently studying and implementing the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech during his inspection of Shanghai, and is going all out to implement three new major tasks. Our door will only open wider, and we will always insist on achieving win-win development through open cooperation.


February 2021



On February 20, Li Qiang, Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee, visited Envision Technology Group for the first time after the Spring Festival. He had in-depth discussions and exchanges with Envision Technology Group CEO Zhang Lei and the management team on topics such as digital city construction, smart technology, and green energy systems.

While listening to the report, Li Qiang asked about Envision's achievements in green technology and digitalization in recent years. He fully affirmed the global leading position of Envision Intelligent Technology in the energy field, and pointed out that Envision should continue to enhance its core competitiveness, give full play to its own advantages, deeply participate in the development of future scenarios for Shanghai's digital city, and promote the construction of "five new cities".

Li Qiang pointed out that comprehensively implementing the new development concept, green technology enterprises have a lot to do, Envision's intelligent Internet of Things and distributed energy storage are the key to building resilient cities; Envision's power battery can support the development of electric vehicles and green transportation in Shanghai; Envision's smart city innovation experience in Singapore and other places can help Shanghai build a digital base and smart hub for the city. 

On April 19, 2021, Shi Taifeng, Secretary of the Party Committee of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Director of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, led a party and government delegation from Inner Mongolia to investigate and investigate the vision. We discussed and communicated with Zhang Lei, CEO of Envision Technology Group, on topics such as construction and the creation of a new zero-carbon industrial system.

Zhang Lei introduced Envision's zero-carbon products and zero-carbon solutions for buildings, factories, parks, data centers, and transportation, and reported in detail Envision's innovative practices in building global zero-carbon partners.

Li Qiang pointed out that to implement the new development concept and build a new development structure, there is broad space for cooperation between Shanghai and Mongolia, especially in the field of carbon neutral technology. It is necessary to strengthen docking and deepen industrial cooperation.

On May 26, 2021, Li Qiang, Party Secretary of Shanghai, Lou Qinjian, Party secretary of Jiangsu, Yuan Jiajun, Party secretary of Zhejiang, Li Jinbin, Party secretary of Anhui and other major leaders of three provinces and one city came to Wuxi Internet of Things Innovation Center to inspect Vision's zero-carbon solution based on intelligent Internet of Things operating system, and witness the "one-click carbon neutrality" based on Vision Ark system.

While on November 22, 2019, the Party Secretary of Shanghai Li Qiang and his delegation visited the artificial intelligence demonstration area of the "Future Park", a new landmark of Zhangjiang Science City. They inspected the "Shanghai Plan" of the smart city created by Vision based on the "machine social" operating system in the "Future Smart City" center.

After experiencing the interaction and collaboration of intelligent robots to complete tasks, Li Qiang pointed out that city management should make full use of machine intelligence collaboration to continuously improve operational efficiency, reduce manual use, and improve governance levels. In the Smart Energy Zone, Li Qiang had an in-depth understanding of how Envision uses artificial intelligence to redefine wind power equipment and power batteries, and how to help European power grids achieve an intelligent balance between electric vehicles and power systems.


August 2021



The Shanghai Municipal People's Government and Ningde Times New Energy Technology Co., Ltd. signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement in Shanghai on August 18, 2021. Municipal Party Secretary Li Qiang met with Zeng Yuqun, Chairman of Ningde Times.

Li Qiang said that the Party Central Committee has entrusted Shanghai with a series of national strategic tasks, which are not only a major opportunity for Shanghai's urban development, but also provide a broad stage for the development of various outstanding enterprises in Shanghai.Ningde era has leading advantages in the fields of power batteries and energy storage systems. Welcome to take this signing as an opportunity to accelerate the implementation of cooperation projects, expand investment layout in Shanghai, and promote more new platforms, new technologies, new projects, and new models to be launched in Shanghai , Play a unique role in accelerating the development of new energy vehicles, promoting the adjustment of energy structure, and ensuring the safe and orderly operation of cities. We will do our best to create a good innovation ecology, provide various high-quality services, and enable various enterprises to further grow bigger and stronger in Shanghai.


August 2021



On August 25, 2021, the Shanghai Municipal People's Government and China National Offshore Oil Corporation signed a strategic cooperation agreement in Shanghai.

Li Qiang, Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee, expressed his gratitude to CNOOC for its long-term active participation in and support for Shanghai's economic and social development. Energy security and sustainable development are crucial to urban operation and future development. CNOOC has leading advantages in offshore oil and gas production and operation and energy technology innovation, and the prospects for cooperation between the two parties are very broad. It is hoped to further deepen strategic docking and strengthen all-round cooperation in energy supply, clean energy, technological innovation, financial trade and other fields. We welcome CNOOC to increase investment in Shanghai and expand international cooperation relying on the functional advantages of Shanghai's platform. We will continue to create a good ecology, provide high-quality services, and promote the cooperation between the two parties to a new level.


December 2021



The Shanghai Municipal People's Government and China Energy Construction Group Co., Ltd. signed a comprehensive strategic cooperation framework agreement in Shanghai on December 14, 2021. Li Qiang, Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee, Gong Zheng, Deputy Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee and Mayor, met with Song Hailiang, Chairman of China Energy Construction Group Co., Ltd., and Sun Honghong, General Manager.

Li Qiang expressed his gratitude to China Energy Construction Group for its long-term contribution to Shanghai's economic and social development. He said that the development of Shanghai is inseparable from the support and assistance of central enterprises such as China Energy Construction Group. He welcomes the group to give full play to its advantages in the field of energy and infrastructure, such as wide business coverage, complete industrial chain, and strong comprehensive service capabilities. Focusing on the implementation of the goal of carbon neutrality at peak carbon, further deepen energy security cooperation, help improve the comprehensive supporting facilities of the "five new cities", and jointly promote the application of green and low-carbon technologies and the innovative development of related industries.Shanghai will make every effort to create a world-class business environment, create better conditions and provide better services for enterprises to achieve greater development in Shanghai.


April 2022



On April 22, 2022, Li Qiang, Secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, pointed out in his research of SAIC Motor Group Co., LTD., that currently, the development trend of electric and intelligent vehicles is accelerating, innovative technologies such as new energy, new materials, Internet, big data and artificial intelligence are accelerating breakthroughs, and new product forms such as unmanned driving and intelligent network connectivity are constantly emerging. The market for new energy vehicles is growing rapidly. With unprecedented challenges and opportunities, SAIC should speed up innovation and transformation, firmly grasp the strategic initiative of future development, and establish new strategic advantages in the increasingly fierce competition.


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